Weight gain- the most dreaded gain of your life, often takes its toll for unknown reasons. If you are pigging out without taking the extra effort to burn the additional fat, weight-gain is inevitable.
However, if you are eating right, working out adequately, and still see a sudden or gradual change in your structure, something could be wrong here.
But other than binge eating, are you aware of other possible reasons that could be making you fat? Well, don’t worry. In this blog, I am going to chart down all the possible reasons behind unexplained weight gain. So here goes!
You are stressing out a lot
Depression and anxiety take their toll serially, with stress being the stepping stone. As is put in The Survival Doctor, virtually every organ in human body is affected by stress. Stress and anxiety gear up the cortisol levels in your body, thus leading to obesity.
A lot of people start gluttonizing under stressful conditions. Besides, people who reach the stage of depression may soar up the weighing machine due to high-dose anti-depressants.
Try to shove off the stress by indulging yourself in rigorous activity. Go for a run every morning, meditate or cycle a few yards every day. It will not only keep you in shape but also check your stress levels.
You could be suffering from PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease)
This condition of acute hormonal imbalance begins in women with puberty. However, most of them aren’t aware of it until they try for a baby.
In layman terms, PCOD is a situation where the ovaries and adrenal glands secret excess of male hormone. The eggs in ovaries fail to mature and release, thus accumulating as cysts.
The most common symptoms of PCOD include gradual but often excessive weight gain, thinning hair, acne, facial hair, irregular periods and most tragic- infertility. While the treatments are on the rise for PCOD, its side effects such as weight gain can often pose a grave challenge.
You could be a victim of Cushing’s Disease
Cortisol, a very significant hormone, is used by human body for many purposes. For instance, metabolising proteins, carbs and fat, breaking down insulin, managing stress- all are supervised by Cortisol.
However, excess of everything is bad. Excess of cortisol generation can lead to Cushing’s syndrome, a condition that leads to obesity and other abnormalities. Overdose of Coritcosteroid (taken mostly for asthma, arthritis, etc.) can lead to this condition.
Weight gain, here, usually reflects around the face and upper torso area, that is, neck, upper back and waist. Treatment for Cushing’s includes a variety of options like medications, surgery, chemotherapy sessions, radiations, etc.
If left unattended, it can lead to chronic Diabetes, kidney stones, infections and even death.
Your system is not in sync with the daily dose of Rx
People who take some medicines on a routine basis often don’t realize their side-effects. Medicines falling in the category of anti-depressants, anti-diabetics, steroids and oral contraceptives can cause more trouble than the disease they seem to treat.
You might think the solution to this problem would be to cease the dosage completely. Bad idea! Routine medicines become an integral part of one’s life and hence, need to be shoved off slowly and gradually. Once you understand which medicine is showing its wrath on your body, consult your doctor before changing your routine.
You might have Pulmonary Edema
Pulmonary Edema refers to a situation where your body begins to retain water or swell abnormally in response to a heart problem. This kind of weight gain usually appears around the legs. This problem can lead to much severe outcomes as heart failure, when the heart is unable to pump adequate blood through the body.
So make sure you consult your physician when you notice your legs swelling up out of the blue.
Your Thyroid glands may be Under Active
As explained in Live Strong, Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland is underactive. Here, the necessary hormones are not produced, leading to acute weight gain, obesity, puffiness under eyes, fatigue and sensitivity to cold.
In this health situation, weight gain is gradual and stretched over the years. So it often takes time to get back in shape and lose this obesity caused by thyroid imbalance.
Thyroid tests are usually the first tests prescribed by doctors in case of weight gain. Don’t take it lightly if the diagnosis is positive. Start the medication as prescribed by your doctor, besides taking alternative remedies.
You may be going through Menopause
When women reach the decade of 40’s, they are bound to undergo various hormonal changes. Menopause is a situation where your periods eventually cease to exist. It may be a short-term thing, or stretched over a number of years.
Menopause can lead to loads of troubles for women like excessive mood swings, weight gain, fatigue and restlessness. Of these, weight loss is the most worried about.
Besides, you are ageing too. Your metabolism slows down and muscle strength is bound to weaken. With that and menopause hitting together, you often gain weight around your waist.
You are missing out on the essential nutrients
Many people go for fad dieting to lose weight quickly. What they don’t understand is that starvation often leads to more weight-gain and fluffiness. Your muscles get weaker when your body begins to burn fat from them. This, instead of losing weight, leads to fatigue and clumsiness.
The correct way to lose weight is by burning whatever you eat. That way, you get to eat all you like without having to worry about obesity. All you need is some discipline in burning out the fat through exercising.
You are a Sedentary Creature
Staying all day on your couch with that Popcorn basket can never get you in shape. Even if you aren’t ill or suffering from a chronic disease like Diabetes, you need to work out daily.
Like every machine needs repairing, the human body too needs to be oiled and cleansed regularly. And working out is your body’s way of keeping your fit. It is not so hard as it sounds. Just pick one activity of your choice- running, walking, yoga, swimming, gymming- and do it with discipline and dedication.
You may have Plantar Fasciitis
This severe musculoskeletal situation can lead to unusual weight gain. It does so indirectly by limiting your activity due to excess pain. With acute pain in your toe area, your movement gets restricted. Rest is prescribed by the doctor. Hence, weight gain becomes inevitable.
How to Deal with Unexplained Weight Gain
Weight gain, explained or unexplained, makes you grumpy and sad. But, instead of lamenting over the problem, you need to find a suitable solution.
First things first, visit your general practitioner. You may be thinking your weight gain is due to bad eating habits, while there might be something to worry about. Be regular with your routine tests.
Burn it up. Whether you are a blooming young lad or an aging lady, you need to burn what you eat. Choose your mode of doing it and get going. Start with mild exercises initially. Your metabolism gets a boost with work outs. Plus, many of the chronic diseases can get treated without the use of any medications.
Make lifestyle changes. With junk food on the rise, you need to curb your hunger pangs. Eat healthy, no matter how alluring the pizza may seem.
Quit smoking and drinking. Both the habits do nothing but make you sick and fat. With barrels of beer in your belly every night, getting in shape will only remain a distant dream!
Manage your stress levels. As opposed to what’s shown in movies, ice cream does not help you deal with break up. It only helps you in getting fat and shapeless. Meditate regularly. Track you breathe when you feel anxious and depressed.
Unexplained weight gain can often have underlying chronic health conditions. Don’t take it lightly. Even if you find out about the cause a little late, don’t consider it the end of the world. Get started with controlling weight and treating the problem.